OUT launches free key populations clinic in Pretoria


out_launches_1081_clinic.pgIn a groundbreaking move, OUT LGBT Well-being, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Health, is launching South Africa’s very first government-funded HIV and TB health clinic specifically for key population groups.

Located in Hatfield, Tshwane, the centre will provide free HIV, TB, sexual health and other services uniquely tailored to the needs of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community, MSM (Men who have Sex with Men), sex workers and injecting drug users.

These communities are recognised as being amongst the “most at risk” of infection and living with HIV and TB. According to South Africa’s National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs (2012-2016), “targeting this group is critical to a successful HIV response.”

OUT Director Dawie Nel explains: “Because of social stigma, criminalisation and the very real fear of discrimination, members of these communities are often wary of approaching mainstream health service providers.”

“At the Ten81 Centre they are assured of professional health services, confidentially and a warm and understanding welcome. They won’t be judged and can feel safe being whoever they are.”

He adds: “We applaud the Gauteng Department of Health for its commitment to providing appropriate services to all of the province’s citizens, including its most marginalised.”

The Ten81 Centre, located at OUT’s offices, a short walk from the Hatfield Gautrain Station, will offer two full time nurses and an in-clinic doctor once a week.
All services are free and include:

• Provision of ART (Anti-Retroviral Therapy)
• Provision of PEP (Post exposure prophylaxis)
• Viral load monitoring and general HIV management
• STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) screening and treatment
• TB screening and treatment
• Clean needles and wound care
• Overdose prevention
• Psychosocial Counselling and support

Office hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 012 430 3272.

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